Art work has always had a meaning as life force spirit to me. I have changed my style over the 20 years of art creation from collages and the abstract all the way to classical realism and performance art.
Now at 50, I create from my true core. There is no need for praise or recognition as art is my spiritual home and creative work is attached to how days go.
Since my debute in 1998, I have created around 1000 originals with nothing other permanent than their change. I paint what I feel without being labelled into a one certain artistic style. Some subject inspiration lasts for 10 years, some one.
“The Harmonic Swans” is my new paintings series in 2019. It expresses groundedness, peace and care. This subject begun to interest me soon after I finished my first arts performance video the same year and a little before my fathers’ passing-away.
The swan is a strong symbol and the colours of my countries flag (blue and white) represent an anchor to me. Just like the lakes in Finland are deep blue, so is the white snow every winter present.
I am an international Finnish artist. The airport is as much a home to me as is a peaceful silence nature moment seeing the swans slowly passing on quiet Nordic waters. For us, the nature is a temple, where we go to be connected to the wind, the waters, the forest and the cliffs.
Our ancient Gods were gods of nature elements. These old times are still in our system and spirituality is becoming more accepted as a meaningful thing in one’s life. Even times rapidly change, so stays our old culture in the subconscious spirit.
The popular theme of two swans represents to me deep contemporary art, even though there are many paintings across the world around the same subject. Each swans painting has its own mood and vibe. One kind woman said, “these are like home amulets” and I felt she expressed my artistic intention well.
The swan has an important symbolic role in my home nation of Finland. This Nordic land has a strong spiritual history before its Protestant state church times and our people are known for their deep connection to the nature.
The Whooper swan, “the singing swan” as we in Finnish call it, represents settling, loyalty for spouse, purity and has had a role of being sacred in past times.
In a quiet morning misty stillness, the swan feels almost eerie as it calmly swims on a lake near granite cliffs and pine trees just before its noise breaks the silence.
Just as Finnish people, this bird is also strong in spirit. If you go near the nest or its offspring, you might get to know also its feisty and sometimes fearsome character.
Quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan: “In the Finnish epic Kalevala, a swan lives in the Tuoni river located in Tuonela, the underworld realm of the dead. According to the story, whoever killed a swan would perish as well. Jean Sibelius composed the Lemminkäinen Suite based on Kalevala, with the second piece entitled Swan of Tuonela (Tuonelan joutsen). Today, five flying swans are the symbol of the Nordic Countries, the whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) is the national bird of Finland.”
As the swan is an important symbol for the Finnish culture, many of us feel the now common mute swan equally dear.
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